HDMI connectivity versus component.

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HDMI connectivity versus component.

Having purchased over a year ago a high definitions television the intent was to not buy into the HD services right away and simply enjoy the panoramic view of standard broadcast transmissions. Knowing that the television broadcast industry mandate that all broadcaster much switch by a certain date to High Definition I was not aware that cable distributors would cash in by offering HD packages I guess to recover some cost for the switch over. Now a year has pasted and decided on purchase the HD decoder, not the model that has a built hard drive recorder since I would like to have a more flexible solution. A solution I hope will be made available once HD DVD recorders become mainstream.

So up I go and connect the ILLICO decoder via a component connection to my plasma and quickly glance over at the free included HD channels. One thing I noticed immediately is that not all channel are broadcast in panoramic wide format while other are. However, I am very impressed with the clarity, resolution and presence that HD provide and found myself watch more of the few free HD channels that the regular SD format.

After a week I was ready to purchase an HDMI cable, 6’ at Future shop for $179 for a cable? I said forget it and got 12’ at Costco for $35 Canadian dollars.

The HDMI connector did not work as expected in that in SD format all TV characters looks like Martians and have a blue color. A call to technical support reveals that I need to setup the ILLICO box for a native resolution of 1080i and nothing else which I will try this evening.

For those of you that have not considered a Home Theater Master Series MX-700 universal programmable learning remote control you should. For some odd reason local electronic shop only carry what I call cheap plastic toys like the Logitech Harmony


January 8, 2007 - Posted by | Home Theatre

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